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Fantasy football: Ranking the IDPs


There is a certain dedication of the fantasy enthusiast who like to play with IDPs (individual defensive players). Kind of like the difference between a Batman fan who just watches the movies and those who will get into heated discussions on who the best Robin of all-time is. (And while I'll hear your arguments for Jason Todd or Dick Grayson, I've really enjoyed Damien Wayne enough to move him into the top spot. But we can have that discussion offline if you'd like.)

In any event, it's time for the defensive players to get some love here on And if you've stumbled into this space as somebody who has never done an IDP league, I suggest you give it a shot. I was very skeptical at first, but now I've grown to love it. Again, it might not be for everybody, but it's something you should try at least once. Like sushi. Or "Hot Tub Time Machine", a movie our Michael Fabiano calls one of the funniest of our generation.

So let's jump in with the defensive linemen. A note here, some of's position listings might differ from other sites out there. (But why would you play anywhere else?)

In any event, let's get going.

Defensive linemen

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1. J.J. Watt, Texans
2. Calais Campbell, Cardinals
3. Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants
4. Cameron Wake, Dolphins
5. Jared Allen, Vikings
6. Charles Johnson, Panthers
7. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
8. Greg Hardy, Panthers
9. Mario Williams, Bills
10. Geno Atkins, Bengals
11. Julius Peppers, Bears
12. Carlos Dunlap, Bengals
13. Michael Johnson, Bengals
14. Chandler Jones, Patriots
15. Cliff Avril, Seahawks
16. Derrick Morgan, Titans
17. Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets
18. Robert Quinn, St. Louis
19. Osi Umenyiora, Falcons
20. Justin Smith, 49ers
21. Cameron Jordan, Saints
22. Chris Long, St. Louis
23. Rob Ninkovich, Patriots
24. Justin Tuck, Giants
25. Lamarr Houston, Raiders
26. Everson Griffen, Vikings
27. Haloti Ngata, Ravens
28. Dion Jordan, Dolphins
29. Jason Babin, Jaguars
30. Corey Liuget, Chargers

* I love Campbell this year. I have a feeling about the Cardinals this season.

* Ware didn't participate in OTAs, which is fine. He will be there when the season starts. He will be good.

* Ninkovich is playing for a contract extension. This works for defensive players, too.

* Liuget is expected to have a big year for the Chargers in 2013.


1. Luke Kuechly, Panthers
2. James Laurinaitis, St. Louis
3. NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
4. Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
5. Lavonte David, Buccaneers
6. Paul Posluszny, Jaguars
7. Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
8. Sean Lee, Cowboys
9. Jerod Mayo, Patriots
10. Von Miller, Broncos
11. Brian Cushing, Texans
12. Chad Greenway, Vikings
13. D'Qwell Jackson, Browns
14. Patrick Willis, 49ers
15. Desmond Bishop, Vikings
16. Daryl Washington, Cardinals
17. Lawrence Timmons, Steelers
18. Elvis Dumervil, Ravens
19. London Fletcher, Redskins
20. Wesley Woodyard, Broncos
21. Dannell Ellerbe, Dolphins
22. Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons
23. Anthony Spencer, Cowboys
24. Jerrell Freeman, Colts
25. Vontaze Burfict, Bengals
26. Donald Butler, Chargers
27. Curtis Lofton, Saints
28. Bruce Carter, Cowboys
29. Colin McCarthy, Titans
30. Aldon Smith, 49ers

* Yeah, I hear you on Smith, too. It's just the way the projections and rankings sorted out. I do like Smith, and realize, these are July rankings. I will probably talk myself into moving him higher on this list.

* Dumervil is listed on as a linebacker. So he plays here. I do like him.

* Keep an eye out for Washington's off-the-field issues. He could end up moving down.

Defensive backs

1. Morgan Burnett, Packers
2. Charles Tillman, Bears
3. Eric Berry, Chiefs
4. Eric Weddle, Chargers
5. Harrison Smith, Vikings
6. Roman Harper, Saints
7. Tyvon Branch, Raiders
8. Mark Barron, Buccaneers
9. Bernard Pollard, Titans
10. LaRon Landry, Colts
11. Stevie Brown, Giants
12. Reshad Jones, Dolphins
13. Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis
14. Kam Chancellor, Seahawks
15. Da'Norris Searcy, Bills
16. Jason McCourty, Titans
17. William Moore, Falcons
18. John Cyprien, Jaguars
19. Patrick Chung, Eagles
20. T.J. Ward, Browns
21. Antoine Bethea, Colts
22. Jairus Byrd, Bills
23. Tim Jennings, Bears
24. Ryan Clark, Steelers
25. DeAngelo Hall, Redskins
26. Matt Elam, Ravens
27. Richard Sherman, Seahawks
28. Antrel Rolle, Giants
29. Glover Quin, Lions
30. Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis

Take a look as NFL fantasy editor Michael Fabiano ranks his top 25 fantasy football players for your 2013 roster.

* Had a tough time with what to do about Sherman. Do teams try to target him more to get him to shut his mouth? I do like the idea of having him on my team, though.

* People have asked for a defensive sleeper, and for me, it's Cyprien in Jacksonville. He was fantastic in OTAs. You can find a lot of talented rookies if you're patient enough.

Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!